HOME RUN KITTEN FLIES LATE TO TAKE GRADE III EDDIE D. STAKES BY NOSE UNDER TALAMO; HOFMANS TRAINEE COVERS 6 FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 111.94 – Santa Anita Park

AUTUMNMEETOPENINGDAYFEATUREANCHORSNINE-RACEPROGRAMATSANTAANITAASLEGENDARYRETIREDHALLOFFAMEREDDIEDELAHOUSSAYEPRESENTSTROPHY

ARCADIA,Calif。

(Sept。

26,2014)Lastwithlessthanaquartermiletorun,TarabillaFarmsHomeRunKittenfinishedwitharushunderJoeTalamototakeSantaAnitasGradeIII,$100,000EddieD。

StakesbyanoseoverfavoredAmbitiousBrewandMikeSmith,vanquishing10rivalswhilenegotiating6?

furlongsdownthetrackshillsideturfcoursein1:11。

94。

TrainedbyDavidHofmans,the3-year-oldKentucky-bredcoltbyKittensJoywasnexttolastpastthehalfmilepoleandlastcrossingthedirtatthetopofthestretchaslongshotsGlobalPowerandArtestsluggeditoutthroughfractionsof21。

41,43。

44and1:06。

02

Hesahorsethatsbetterwhenyouputalittlepaceinfrontofhim,saidTalamo,whocollectedhissecondwinoftheday。

Hehasatremendousturnoffootandeverytimeheruns(inshorterraces),hereallyshowsitWewereprettyfarbackbutIknewtheyweregoingprettyquickupfrontbutwhenIgothimtotheoutside,hejusthadthatturnoffoot。

Offat10-1,hepaid$23。

40,$9。

80and$5。

80。

Fifth,beaten4?

lengthsintheGradeII,mileandoneeighthDelMarDerbyonAug。

31,HomeRunKittenregisteredhissecondwindownSantaAnitasuniquedownhilllayout。

Ithinkhesacome-from-behindsprinter,myself,saidHofmans。

Wetriedtogetintothegamewrongwith3-year-oldshopingwecoulddosomethingliketheTripleCrown,butIthinkamileandaneighthistoofar。

WhenaskedabouttheGradeI,$1millionBreedersCupTurfSprintonNov。

1,Hofmansreplied:Wewonitin2008forthesameowner。

Wemightdothesamething。

Hepaid80bucksthatday。

Thishorsemightpay40。

HomeRunKitten,whoisoutoftheGrandSlammareGrandSlamGirl,pickeduphisfourthwinfromninestarts,andwiththewinnersshareof$60,000,increasedhisearningsto$217,800。

IdlesinceFeb。

22,trainerMartyJonesAmbitiousBrewenteredtodaysraceaperfectthreeforthreecomingdownthehillandwasoffasthesolid2-1favoriteintheEddieD。

Heranbrilliant,saidSmith。

Ihitthefrontjustabittoosoonforhim。

HereallytendstowaitbutIcouldntdoawholelotaboutit。

HewasabitrushedtodayIrealizedIwasgoingto(makethelead)toosoon,butIcouldntdoalotaboutitatthatpointThathorse(HomeRunKitten)cameandnailedme。

AmbitiousBrewfinished1?

lengthsinfrontofLilBitOFunandpaid$4。

80and$3。

80。

LikeHofmans,JonesremainedhopefulthathishorsecouldstartnextintheBreedersCupSprint。

Wehaventruleditoutyet,hesaid。

Wellseehowhecomesoutofthis。

Offat9-2,LilBitOFunwasnext-to-lastapproachingthedirtcrossingandfinishedthreequartersofalengthclearoflongshotPureTactics。

Hepaid$3。

60toshow。

MorninglinefavoriteUnbridledsNote,thesecondchoiceat4-1,neverthreatened,finishingninthunderCoreyNakatani。

LegendaryretiredHallofFamejockeyEddieDelahoussayepresentedthetrophyfortheracenamedinhishonorandwhentoldHomeRunKittensnosewinlookedlikeanEddieD。

finish,heresponded:Itlookedlikethat。

Thatwasgreat。

Itremindedmeoftheolddays。

Iwishitwasme。

SantaAnitas25-dayAutumnstandwillhitfullstrideonSaturdayasitsBreedersCupChallengeDay,featuringfiveGradeIBreedersCupWinYoureInqualifyingstakesonablockbuster11-raceprogram。

SpecialearlyfirstposttimeonSaturdayis12:30p。

m。

andSantaAnitasadmissiongateswillopenat10:30a。

m。